?Provides primary health care to residents of Vancouver who do not have a primary physician and who have challenges accessing traditional health care services. Primary care provides services only to specific populations - not for general access. Priority is given to individuals who are living with complex psychosocial and clinical needs, who are vulnerable and underserved, and who require a higher intensity of services to achieve and maintain functional stability. Screening for access to services will be completed by clinic staff at first visit.
Services are provided by a team that may include doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, counsellors, and social workers. Primary care health services include: medical exams; wound care; disease prevention; diagnosis; immunization for adults; information, treatment and prevention for sexually transmitted infections (STI), HIV and hepatitis; TB testing and care.
The clinic also provides addictions services including opiate agonist therapy (methadone/Suboxone) initiation and maintenance; needle exchange (clean needles and other harm reduction equipment/supplies) plus support in seeking detox, recovery houses and treatment centres. Counsellors provide short-term individual counselling, as well as groups that address both mental health and addiction issues and referrals to other community resources and education.
Other services offered at the center include a respiratory (lung) therapist, nutritionist, and shared care with psychiatry and internal medicine.
Specialty area(s) include:
Hepatitis C program: offers monitoring and treatment of hepatitis C and a hepatitis C group.
Trans Specialty Care program: offers hormone readiness assessments and initiation; injection teaching and supplies; surgical planning, referrals, and care; short-term counselling; assistance with changing identification. For more information please visit the Trans Specialty Care program listing in our directory.
?Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Statutory holidays: 10 a.m - 6 p.m.
The switchboard is open until 4:30 p.m.